Hi! Tell me about Urza. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Urza came to life in 2015 with the aim of creating extreme Doom. Our sound developed with the band growing into a well working 5-piece. We like slow crushing music and this is exactly what we want to do. The name is taken from a trading card game. When we were searching for a bandname we tried to avoid the obvious, the typical grief related vocabulary. Our drummer dug up this strong, mystic but misanthropic character named Urza.
“The Omnipresence Of Loss” album was released on mid of March. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very happy to have that album out after a lot of time and efforts. So… Nothing is perfect but in the light of events it’s purely 100% honest. We had no real expectations towards this release but are truly overwhelmed by the massive positive feedback we received so far from press and fans.
Tell me more about “The Omnipresence Of Loss”? Album ideas etc…
The five songs on „The Omnipresence Of Loss“ represent the development of the band nearly from the beginning. We have changed a lot since we started with drums, bass and just one guitar. Especially having a second guitarist has paved the way for much more layered and multifaceted deeper riffing as well as for more obscure and dissonant stuff. This is the point where we are now and our next album is going to be deep. Very deep.
Our lyrics simply embrace the negative aspects of human existence and daily misery we all are confronted with.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Darkness surrounds us every day. Even a human being, able to enjoy life by its standards, is forced to face fears of loss and the end. Our songs are about the miserable issues in human life. The lyrics usually deal with real, sometimes dystopic matters from different points of view. When you get deeper into it you might get that feeling for all this negativity and grey shades that we try to cope with. There is not much room for brightness in our music.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Urza’s sound?
We describe our music as Funeral Death Doom – it’s dark but crushing. As much as the musical preferences inside the band vary as like-minded we are when it comes to the creation of our own songs. We need to feel the music and the output is always quite natural – the darkness from our guts and minds.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We had finished the songs for „The Omnipresence Of Loss“ a while ago before we started recording, mixing and releasing. There is already kind of a concept for a second album and we have started to write fresh material. One new song has even been presented live recently. So there is no rest – we just can’t stop the music creeping out.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We are all much into Doom Metal, but it does not restrict us. So from my side there is no particular band to be named as main or direct influence.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Throughout the time, also before Urza, we luckily got to know many cool people and made friends in the European Doom Metal scene. Well.. I could imagine some kind of cooperation but there are no clear visions about that in the moment.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
To be honest – in the first step it was most important for us to see “The Omnipresence Of Loss” being released and do some decent promotion for it. We now have a “physical” product and you also can listen to the album on all common digital sources such as Spotify, YouTube etc. It is definitively not our strategy to twist people’s minds, but whoever might like our music is more than welcome to join our darkness.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Music is just one, even though a big and important part of our lives. But of course we have also other things to spend our spare time with 😉
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We are not teenagers anymore, so I don’t think that we need to make our parents or grandparents proud of being in a band or to like the music we create. But yes, the support from our friends and especially from our partners is huge. That’s quite motivating and means a lot to us.
How’s the metal scene in your part of Germany right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
We have a great Metal and underground scene in Europe including Germany for sure – especially when it comes to Doom. Berlin itself is pretty special since people are so spoiled with the amount of concerts here. Nowadays it’s not too easy to find a proper location plus a fair deal for a Doom Metal show. Yet still there are many dedicated organizers, a great audience and new small, cool underground clubs popping up to keep that flame alive.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks a lot for your interest in the band and the opportunity to answer your questions. Big thanks also to all the dark hearts out there supporting Urza! See you all soon!
Olli / Urza